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in the memory of supervisor mike nevin, a wonderful, wonderful man and did much for san francisco, the entire area. i want to wish everybody a happy holiday. hope to see many people on the 28th. just want to say it's a pleasure to work with all of you, mr. rifkin, our outstanding staff. with that, we stand adjourned. thank you. [adjourned] >> my name is phil ginsburg and the general manager of the san francisco parks and rec department and i want to welcome everybody to the 83rd annual holiday tree lighting. happy holidays to you all. this is san francisco's official holiday tree right behind us, uncle john's tree and over 100 years old, and tonight it sports over 550 christmas holiday lights. >> five, four, three, two, one! >> yay! >> in january everything changes. all of san francisco's parking meters will now be enforced 7 days a week. feeding the meter 7 days a week reduces parking demand in commercial corridors and for most faster turn over of the parking spaces. the muni system has improved for sunday. learn more about 7 day meters at sfmta.com. >> good morning and welcome to the regu
that shaped the year 2012. joining us on set are msnbc contributor, mike barnicle. hello, mike. >> hello, mika. >> yeah. good thing you're awake. national affairs editor for "new york" magazine and msnbc political analyst, john heilemann. >> hi! >> yeah. hi. and from cnbc headquarters, co-host of cnbc's "squawk box," andrew ross sorkin. >> do i need to make a joke about school being out? >> that's so yesterday. we're tired of that, actually. >> you like kind of grown. >> he went from being a little kid to adorable. >> he's a grizzled old vet. the grey hair is coming in. >> and from washington, nbc chief foreign affairs correspondent, host of "andrea mitchell reports", the lovely andrea mitchell. >> happy holidays. >> and "washington post" columnist, jonathan capehart. thank you all so much for being with us. and why don't we just start really quickly with the story of the year, mika. and that, of course, barack obama wins, the republicans lose. and in a way that perhaps is more telling than just what one election result might suggest. >> well, i think it certainly does. and it gives him a cert
and is is incredible and even some of the pictures of mike in your chair and i have some of mike and madison in my chair and i think that attribute to who you are as a person and i'll remember you not only as a mentor and personal friend, someone to look up to for what you have accomplished on the board but also someone to really respect as a father and as a husband and how you dealt with that on the board of supervisor and is so sean we are going to miss you a ton and i know that we are going to work a lot together in your new role with senior feinstein and welcome back anytime. >> thank you supervisor farrell supervisor cohen? >>> i first met sean elsburnd when i was -- somewhere in 2004 also ironically the same asylum time i met carmen chu. but we began to quoth watch sean's career unfollowed as the board board laze horizon [spelling?] and so, just how it man nested and this is a guy that started off as a legislative aid, to a supervisor to the supervisor the district seven. become to board liaison and then get approved to board supervisor and ran in his own right and it's been remarkable
on christmas eve. mike chaparini has been named firefighter of the year and also a police lieutenant and his partner, tom welcome had joined the department about a year ago and two other volunteer firefighters were wounded in one of them called for help as you can hear in this chaotic 911 recording. the shooter, william spangler was convict of the killing his grandmother decades ago. he was found dead at the scene. >>> nelson mandela spending christmas day in the hospital. the 94-year-old former south african president has been battling a lung infection and also had gallstones removed. the president, said he looks better and the doctors are happy with his progress. >>> in money news, instagram still feeling the sting from user outrage after the photo sharing app changed its terms of service. instagram has been hit with a class-action lawsuit filed in san francisco federal court. the lawsuit was filed on friday despite instagram saying it was modifying parts of the new policy and would not sell user's photos to advertisers. >>> and look at these pictures. it would not be christmas without a s
sure hope that he is going to spike the mike before he leaves today so we can all watch this and i want to thank supervisor farrell for the great slide show and i know that sean had a great relationship with my predecessor cor cor and when i first came in you sat me down and offered to advise me about everything from flex spending accounts to board of trustees benefits and everything and i'll miss where you are widow dominate and respect for the institution that you brought and i also want to say a good memory as is when we played softball together. on a team against the sheriffs we got beat pretty baddly and so i'll remember us working as a team and thank you for a great service and for being a great colleague on this board. >> thank you sean. >>>. >> ms. olague. for me this is old san francisco values you represent the more 67ive district and you obviously take a lot of pride in your catholic upbringing the fact your irish heritage and i think you represent a lot of those old fashion values that i think are many and a certain kind of add horns to tradition or respect for traditi
support. got the sf giants hat, yes. mike cureo and thanks for being here and the construction trades and we have been working with you to get the folks trained over the years. it's a wonderful time, and the chairman -- and the chairman of our san francisco metropolitan transportation agency who has been a long time champion of public transit, a regular muni rider, someone who loves the city and has been at the forefront of not only a great transportation but has his head in our city and programs and wonderful services. please come on up. chairman tom nolan. [applause] >> leader pelosi asked me what is of going to say after reverend frong. i didn't have a chant rate for that. this is a great day for san francisco. this is a labor of love. we know the economic and transit values of this. as an agency we are committed and not only committed to bringing this fruition on time but under budget as well. is that good? and we will continue the vil against of all of our assets and focusing on the priority number one is safety. this day is possible because of so many people that did so
if you are watching our newscast, right? cbs 5 reporter mike sugerman has the annual story of last minute annual shoppers. how busy are those stores? >> reporter: these are the people who in high school waited until the last minute to turn in their term paper. actually to start writing it. the mall is closed. 6:00. i guess it is last minute last minute, but there are still cars here. >> merry christmas. merry christmas. >> what do you suppose your little sister wants. >> jammies. >> she will get back at her sister some day. >> i told them the elves are already having trouble. >> pretty good right there. >> at brook stone, nay rubbed customers the right way. >> i will sit here all night. >> foot massager. what else but christmas would you ever buy that. 40% of the business comes during the christmas shopping season alone. >> week dirk not during a holiday. we pay do 5 fiscal cliff dollars. we're doing like $30,000 by mid- afternoon now days. >> he says seven times normal isn't as good as other holiday seasons. >> what are you shopping for today? >> family presents. getting shoes and gift c
meteorologist mike seidel is in oklahoma city this evening. >> reporter: on this christmas night, a massive storm is causing travel headaches for millions producing and dumping snow as far south as texas late this afternoon and still putting down rare christmas tornadoes in the deep south. look at this rain and wind. this is storm chaser video near mcneal, mississippi, where a tornado reportedly touched down this afternoon. there are reports of injuries and damage. and there is a rare christmas snowfall hitting dallas. it's bad news on the roads, signs warning of icy conditions. at least three reported tornadoes touched down across texas today causing lots of damage and leaving thousands without power. thunderstorm winds toppled this tree onto a pick-up truck in the houston area, killing the driver. no fatalities but plenty of clean-up this morning in oklahoma city following this massive pile-up. 21 cars and tractor-trailers crashed, slipping on roads coated with freezing rain. not just wind and ice, but snow is pounding parts of the west. in northern california, near lake tahoe, an avalanc
to arrive. >>> good morning i'm filling in for mike nicco. let's show you the rain this is a cold front hitting parts of the north bay heavy rain with along ukiah on 101 moving towards healdsburg then windsor and santa rosa later this morning. it is going to hit rest of us by lunchtime when it gets to the golden gate bridge. around the bay around 7:00 cloudy if you need to do anything outdoors now is a good time. by noon chance of rain moving in, heavy rain this afternoon, lunchtime low 50s, breezy as well this afternoon. inland valleys, same, cloudy in the morning the chance of the rain moves in lunch heavy and breezy this afternoon, showers taper tonight into tomorrow and i'll have your seven day forecast in my longer report. >> all right francis may seem francis dinglasan and i'm doing traffic. stay with abc7 news for continuing coverage. storm hitting the the bay area today. you can track that storm with live doppler. delays eastbound 580 foothill there was an accident there blocking one or more lanes traffic was being diverted on to high street. mass transit on holiday schedule, it
reorganized the federal government. >> yeah. nancy and mike have written a terrific book from beginning to end. but i found that to be the most compelling and newest material. i didn't know it. i knew hoover had lived forever with -- downstairs from mrs. douglas macarthur in the waldorf and had his vision of that without much else. and it's -- i think one of the general principles it goes to is, you know, if you're the president of the united states, by and large you get your phone calls returned. and if you're there, you have any resource you want to presumably, at least -- you make a case to somebody to have them do something. and i think the greatest presidents have been ones who have done two things, one is they've loved the job and they've loved the politics of it, which doris can tell us more about johnson and that than anybody, but also people who have felt that the sands are running through the hourglass all the time and they want to mobilize any resource they can find to accomplish what they want to accomplish. and i think what mike and nancy had done is they've shown how presidents h
a sniper.firing off rounds towards the unsuspecting first responders. two were killed. 43 year old mike chiapperini - who also served as the town's police department public information officer. and 19-year-old tomasz kachoofka. ka-choofka and chiapperini's son were best friends. >> people get up in the middle of the night to put out fires that they do not expect to be shot and killed. >> reporter: two other firefighters who were shot are expected to recover. police say before dawn.the suspect, william spengler set a house and car on fire to lure the firefighters. as soon as they arrived, police say he started shooting. while police were looking for the shooter.the fire spread.engulfing 7 homes. the suspect was eventually found dead near the fire scene.after apparently shooting himself. and he was not even allowed to have a gun. spangler is a convicted felon.he was convicted of beating his 92-year-old grandmother to death with a hammer back in 19-80. spangler served 17 years - and police say it's unclear what his motive was for today's shooting. the town of webster, new york is now mourn
to me, but he has been my chauffeur -- [laughter] mike coy cook, personal photographer, and no. 1 critic. i know i forgot so many people tonight. you know who you are. if i can give more to the city, i will. thank you. [applause] >> they have extra photographers that travel with them. let's hear it one more time for jocelyn and her family. thank you very much. [applause] >> i graduated from the university of california berkeley with a degree in civil engineering. i started with the department of public works in 1984. in 2003, i was asked to come to san francisco public utilities commission to take the meat on the program. i'm responsible for all the large capital projects for water, waste water, and power. it's about $12 billion of capital projects. we have a lot of projects. our water system improvement program, 80 products that span seven counties. we have a staff of about 400 city employees and about 500 consultants. puc is really embracing technology. we wanted to make sure we really had a system that would elevate all issues so we could address them in a timely manner. as you know,
have to steer us away from the fiscal cliff. joining us tonight, governor jo jo mike [beep] [indistinct chatter] [kids talking at once] [speaking foreign language [heart beating] [heartbeat continues] [faint singing] [heartbeat, music playing louder] ♪ i'm feeling better since you know me ♪ ♪ i was a lonely soul, but that's the old me... ♪ announcer: this song was created with heartbeats of children in need. find out how it cahelp frontline health workers bring hope to millions of children at everybeatmatters.org. lou: burst onto your reaction to the fact that the guy is supposed to be the smartest guy in the military. it turns out to be a mess.dd to the ot a good week for spies. it turns to be something out of mad magazine. when you add to general allen tr and the ever expanding scandal,e it is tragic.. it is tragic for the families,lo it is tragic all of the peoplert who served with him. america..ic for lou: mccarthy in our various institutions, since there are no consequences. ,itting in an aircraft lou: it seems like there are no consequences. this guy has been credited with
champion, mike wallace, is hoping to make this an especially happy holiday season by adding to that $48,800 he's won so far. kris and gina are here to stop him and replace him as the jeopardy! champ. so good luck to all three. here comes the jeopardy! round for you. first round of play, which has these categories for you. that's the women's health website. each correct response will begin with a "b." mike. on cable for $200, please.
do what i think is right. >> but there was something else, mike, and that was, you know, with your passion for the red sox, about a baseball player, and when he's up at bat, he swung that bat 10,000 times. and he knows, he doesn't have to think about it. and i asked dakota, what were you thinking in the battle. and he said, just my aim point. just aim point. so he was using a 50 caliber machine gun, a 240 machine gun, his grenade launcher, a rifle, and finally he killed a man with a rock. and all the time he was looking at the sight picture, because he had fired 10,000 rounds before he had got into the fight. >> it's a combination of instinct and training and your own values that you carry within that you just addressed. but in the context not just of this one battle, but in the context of your service in afghanistan, and your experience in afghanistan, thousand frustrating are the rules of engagement? >> you know, they're frustrating for two reasons. number one, it makes your commanders question everything that you do. but number two, it also allows your leadership to have a way t
for retailers. the holiday shopping season accounts for 40% of annual sales. mike sugar men is there with more. >> you wake up and say oh my gosh it is christmas tomorrow. let me give you an idea what it was like. >> merry christmas. merry christmas. merry christmas. >> ever have this tough a customer during the holiday season? >> what do you suppose your little sister wants? >> jammies. she'll get back at her sister some day. >> i told them the elves already have christmas this year. >> other retailers can see 40% of their business come during the christmas shopping season alone. >> a weekday, not during a holiday, we may do 5,000d. currently we're doing about $30,000 by mid afternoon these days. >> he says seven times normal isn't as good. >> tell me what you are getting. >> shoes and gift cards. >> i guess it is not a secret anymore. >> there were a lot of deals to be had. nationwide spending was down but some tried to make it up on this last day possible. >> there is some point in time where you really don't want to do it anymore. you want to be with your family. >> if his family is aver
, the poor field judge flipped over by colts' mike tepper. ouch! no. 2, sam, he gave this cardinal fan a christmas gift. his glove. the kid is stoked! merry christmas. and no. 1, the colts are in the play- offs. but the bigger store is their head coach chuck pagano beat leukemia and is now back with the team. >> it's really great to be back, like a kid in a contained store -- in a candy store. i get to come around and be around the guys again. i get to do what i love to do. >> he was hired as coach in january this year and got diagnosed with leukemia before the season. he's been out a whole year, and now he's back. >> hard not to get choked up on that. >>> we'll be right back. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, have a good night. here you go. you, too. i'm going to dream about that steak. i'm going to dream about that tiramisu. what a night, huh? but, um, can the test drive be over now? head back to the dealership? [ male announcer ] it's practically yours. but we still need your signature. volkswagen sign then drive is back. and it's never been easier to get a passat. that's the power of german enginee
first responders. two were killed. 43 year old mike chiapperini who also served as the town's police department public information officer. and 19-year-old tomas kachoofka. kachoofka and chiapperini's son were best friends. two other firefighters who were shot are expected to recover. police say before dawn.the suspect, william spengler set a house and car on fire to lure the firefighters. as soon as they arrived, police say he started shooting. while police were looking for the shooter.the fire spread.engulfing 7 homes. the suspect was eventually found dead near the fire scene.after apparently shooting himself. and he was not even allowed to have a gun. spangler is a convicted felon.he was convicted of beating his 92-year-old grandmother to death with a hammer back in 19-80. spangler served 17 years - and police say it's unclear what his motive was for today's shooting. the town of webster, new york is now mourning. the joy of christmas replaced by pain and grief. >> 6:13 we will be back with weather, traffic, and more stories. with your christmas in the forecast. christmas day fore
. toe tas kaczowka and mike chiapperini were dead. police evacuated at least 30 people from the area and seven homes were damaged or destroyed. the shooter was found shot dead near the scene. police say he killed himself identified as william spengler, a man with a lengthy criminal history and served time for killing his grandmother. throughout the day, townspeople remembered the fallen firefighters as they tried to make sense of the senseless. >> you know, these people, they're just always there for you, you know? you just take them for granted. you don't know -- it's really heart breaking for these families and these people. and what they have to go through and so close to a holiday where we're supposed to love each other. >> firefighters' families know their loved ones put their lives on the line every day but could never imagine something like that would happen. >> they don't expect to be shot and killed. >> a time which should be filled with joy has been replaced with sorrow. chris pallone, nbc news. >> former president george h.w. bush took a turn for the worse last night. he's
up to the mike. and so sam is a drummer for and and own ever of sam a dad dough's drum shop in the musical community and he has provided quality service and assistance to emerging and established drummer and is i want to acknowledge his heartfelt contribution to the community and his dedication to the craft of refurbishing drums and he will be missed as he movies his business from frank to port lapped and you contribute so much to the unique character the san francisco and south of market and thank you for supporting our arts and community which, is deeply moved by your departure and so the board of supervisors pretend you with this accommodation and if you we would like to you come up and take a picture after your words sam. >> well, i want to thank my beautiful wife, i never expected this, janice, all of my employees over the years, jason ebbly, coal gill, rich felix michael park son, mark a both and i already set said my beautiful wife but i'm going to say it again my friend and machinist jack, my favorite thing to do is not sell a thousand dollar drum it's to fix a dru
into this cycle. i don't know if staff has an indication of when that mike be happening. >> a few months. >> thanks. next item on the agenda is discussion and possible action on the amendments to the ordinance. >> nobody is a stranger to the subject matter in front of us. the commission made some progress and combing through input from the sunshine ordinance task force and the staff's updated and redirected recommendations and then once again, after the last time the commission discussed this, staff has put together sort of a chronology of what has happened so far, and tried to distill all of the direction from the commission into a set of decision points to help us to finish this. and then move to getting the dregs into effect. there are eight decision points in front of you to go through the last few more housekeeping than anything else. but we're ready to answer any questions the commission has as they go through these. >> my thought was to begin by taking one decision point at a time. there may be somewhere we can consolidate, like mr. st. croix was saying towards the end and we w
name on the open mike list at the old -- the open market from its at the elvis crossed. [laughter] i did not make it. now i have become a bureaucratic the city of sacramento, which seems like a pretty glorious way to go. but i have met some pretty fantastic people through that. i'm eager to work with you on all of the issues that you have. there's a great staff that operates the office in san francisco. they resolve most of the problems that we could possibly face. there have been a couple that people live come -- have asked me to come down and meet with them on. i am more than happy to do that when there is something that we cannot resolve at the local level. san francisco is a place that we are very proud of. we got kicked out of our office, just by the landlord and the release. there is a lot of political pressure on us just to keep the political office closed. as most of my staff will tell you, there was really one person who thought it was the perfect idea to stay in san francisco and pay the market rent, and that was me. maybe state bureaucrats did not like that some much, but
. >> i have almost everyone. i am going to ask my panelists to introduce themselves. mike, commander, i will start with ranked first. >> good afternoon. i am the commander of the metro division, the five downtown stations that go basically to the southern, northern, mission, and prior to this new assignment, which i did for the last couple of months, i was the commander of the special crimes and victims in it. i am now the code-liaison to the alcohol licensing unit. my partner is here. charlie, would you introduce yourself? he is my partner. what we do is run the daily operations of the unit. we are also the sounding board for them when it comes to the various type of permits and licenses we may be having difficulties with. i have my units working with the permit officers at those stations, who are the first line, reporting directly to their captains. i wanted to say that my highest priority is public safety. when we review an application for a new venue, be it entertainment, a bar, or a night club, it is very important that we look at the impact the venue will have on the neighborhood,
killed. 43 year old mike chiapperini who also served as the town's police department public information officer. and 19-year-old tomas kachoofka. kachoofka and chiapperini's son were best friends. >> people get up in the middle of the night to put out fires they do not expect to be shot at. >> two other firefighters who were shot are expected to recover. police say before dawn.the suspect, william spengler set a house and car on fire to lure the firefighters. as soon as they arrived, police say he started shooting. while police were looking for the shooter.the fire spread.engulfing 7 homes. the suspect was eventually found dead near the fire scene.after apparently shooting himself. and he was not even allowed to have a gun. spangler is a convicted felon.he was convicted of beating his 92-year-old grandmother to death with a hammer back in 19-80. spangler served 17 years - and police say it's unclear what his motive was for today's shooting. the town of webster, new york is now mourning. the joy of christmas replaced by pain and grief. >> very difficult... been annulled they are going to
have to steer us away from the fiscal cliff. joining us tonight, governor jo mike huckabee. , the dumbest spyr had. >> not a good week for spies. dra you add to the the drama with general allan and this ever expanding scandal. it is tragic.heir it is tragic for their families, tragic for all the people who serve with them. tragic for america. lou: and the part that you said where it is tragic foru: us us. in our various institutions, since there are no consequences. sitting in an aircraft, we have a pretty strong light, and this actually the architect and the guy who presided over the largest conflict in american history, a conflict we have not won. >> to his credit, we have to give general petraeus credit. he is paid a price, nobody comes a general without slipping up to the top. i have extraordinary respect for these folks. lou: you say these folks. no one respects for supports more or military than i do. if you will, i will not indulge the plural. i'm talking about a man who sent the cia down the gutter. >> i will not defend what he did, you can't. lou: why don't we try
, fireman mike and thomas were pronounced dead. >> it's a very difficult situation. these people get up in the middle of the night to go put out fires. >> the shoots prevented firefighters from knocking down the flames. police and swat teams evacwait nearby homes. within hours the fire de stroid at least seven homes. de spite the tremendous toll, investigators say the community is no longer in danger. the gunman killed himself on the scene. he had a lengthy criminal record. >> in 1980, he was arrested by the webster police and charged with killing his grandmother. he was convicted in 1981. he served time in new york state prison system until 1998. >> word of the violence spread quickly through the town just east of ro chester. >> i've lived here my entire life. you never imagine anything, something like that happening so close to home. >> the timing of the tragedy is not lost on anyone. >> firemen going into help a situation out and this caused the type of outcome where, now, they're going to have the holidays where their family is not going to have them there. it's just devastating. >>
shot. >> fireman mike chiapperini, who is also a lieutenant with the webster police department, was deceased at the scene. >> reporter: 43-year-old chiapperini was named the webster fire department's firefighter of the year just two weeks ago. also slain, tomasz kaczowka. the department calls him a tremendous young man. >> these people get up in the middle of the night to go put out fires. they don't expect to be shot and killed. >> reporter: webster police have identified the gunman as 62-year-old william spengler, whose home burned today. he had a lengthy criminal history, serving 17 years for killing his grandmother with a hammer back in 1980. no word about what his motive was today or where he got his guns. >> spengler was a convicted felon. he's not allowed to possess weapons. >> reporter: tonight, two firefighters are in stable condition in the hospital. 33 people were evacuated after the fire engulfed seven homes. >> it's a shock. that something like this would happen but for some reason, violence is rearing its ugly head in this community. and everywhere. >> reporter: p
firefighters. mike ciporini was named firefighter of the year two weeks ago. >> so it's very -- it's a very difficult situation. >> reporter: condolences have been pouring into this fire station from around the world. and now two families are spending their christmas making funeral arrangements. >> right now we're organizing what we need to do to bury two of our members. >> reporter: and the death toll could grow higher. spangler's sister is unaccounted for. police believe she and others might have been trapped in the fire that consumed seven houses. >> so we can get into those homes and see you know, god i'm hoping that everyone was able to escape from the inferno. >> reporter: police hope the rubble has cooled down enough to allow them to begin investigating today. for cbs news, webster, new york. >>> back in 1980 spangler was convicted of killing his 92- year-old grandmother with a hammer and he reached plea deal and served just 18 years in jail before he was released in 1998. >>> a snowboarder died after being buried in an avalanche at a sierra ski resort. it happened yesterday at donor
did they come down with it? smu won the game. no. 3, the poor field judge flipped over by colts' mike tepper. ouch! no. 2, sam, he gave this cardinal fan a christmas gift. his glove. the kid is stoked! merry christmas. and no. 1, the colts are in the play- offs. but the bigger store is their head coach chuck pagano beat leukemia and is now back with the team. >> it's really great to be back, like a kid in a contained store -- in a candy store. i get to come around and be around the guys again. i get to do what i love to do. >> he was hired as coach in january this year and got diagnosed with leukemia before the season. he's been out a whole year, and now he's back. ,,,,,,,,,, from a neighborhood in san carlos >>> well, david letterman is next. but first, we have a little treat. >> we do. because we know you're wrapping presents. we have some of the christmas lights from one of our favorite neighborhoods in san carlos. merry christmas! enjoy tomorrow! ,,,,,, welcome se my lcret d you are?air.an your worst nightmare mr. box. since you foolishly brought back your bonus jack! i have copi
first responders. two were killed. 43 year old mike chiapperini >> people of a pickup in the middle of the night to go out and fight fires do not expect to be killed. >> - who also served as the town's police department public information officer. and 19-year-old tomasz kachoofka. kachoofka and chiapperini's son were best friends. two other firefighters who were shot are expected to recover. police say before dawn.the suspect, william spengler set a house and car on fire to lure the firefighters. as soon as they arrived, police say he started shooting. while police were looking for the shooter.the fire spread.engulfing 7 homes. the suspect was eventually found dead near the fire scene.after apparently shooting himself. and he was not even allowed to have a gun. spangler is a convicted felon.he was convicted of beating his 92-year-old grandmother to death with a hammer back in 19-80. spangler served 17 years - and police say it's unclear what his motive was for today's shooting. the town of webster, new york is now mourning. the joy of christmas replaced by pain and grief. >> very
'd like to ask my colleagues to join me in adjourning our meeting in memory today of supervisor mike nevan of san mateo county. he was an outstanding -- outstanding person. he was on the caltrain joint powers board, the transbay joint powers board. he was on the mtc, all kinds of things. he was a leader in san mateo county and a man of great compassion and a very dear friend of mine. he will be very buried friday this week. he w we will adjourn in ms. memory and send it to his widow cathy. >> mr. chairman, before we move on from communications, item 10.20 has been removed from the consent calendar at the request of staff. also please be advised that the closed session scheduled for today's meeting has been canceled. >> thank you. with that, baysness report. >> item 6, introduction of new or unfinished business by board members. >> unfinished business? >> actually i do have something. i spoke on the phone to -- i can't call him captain any more because he's retired from the sfpd. he talked to me about the toy drive that the sfpd and the sf fire department do together. i know it's getting a
. thanks to mike who did so much to organize the event. he is an old friend. thank you, mike. i'm delighted to be here today with corbin. -- david corbin. we have two books that talk about robert byrd from different perspectives. my book is basically about the senate and the last great senate as i refer to it. senator byrd was the majority leader during the period of time i wrote about. it gives you an ensemble sense of how the senate works. the book originated in 2008. i had been in the senate in the 1970s and 1980s. by 2008, i decided the senate had become utterly unrecognizable to me. polarized and paralyzed, really quite dysfunctional. i decided to write a book about the senate when it was great, specifically when i was there. [laughter] when you do something like that, you have a certain risk factor. was it really great? was it only seem great because i was there or because i was young? fortunately, the answer turned out to be, no. i discovered something that was there in plain sight, but had not been noticed. if you googled the words "great senate" you'll find nothing other than my bo
mikes if you will queue at the mikes we will take your turn and we will end promptly at 8:30 which gives us about 20 minutes. >> i appear to have answered every question. >> thanks for coming. what would you see -- one of the arguments for less government involvement with things is that if people hold on to their money more, they would be in a position to take care of the poor, the oh pressed etc. can you imagine where else that might come from? do you think it's possible for those people to be taken care of outside of a religious context and outside of a political context and are there any examples of that in other government? >> i am not denying the role which americans of all political persuasions now agree on that the state has in applying a social safety net. i am saying there are potential cost to this and not only financial cost. there is a cost of a crowding out of private initiative, a crowding out of charity. an off loading of all social responsibilities on to the state. it is indicative surely of something important that the chartable impulse in the united states is far strong
. >> that's what christmas is all about. it's something our friend, pastor and former arkansas governor mike huckabee knows quite a bit about. he joins us now with a very special christmas message. >> mike: i hope you and your family are going to have a wonderful christmas. my guess is you will probably be very busy. busy getting the right give gift and making sure all the things on your christmas table are exactly right. you will will probably be frustrated because nothing will be perfect. never has been. and never will be. christmas is not about us being able to do something that is completely perfect. if you let that spoil your christmas if you lead that diminish what this is all about. you may have missed the real meaning of christmas. because christmas is not so much about finding perfection in what we do. the real meaning of christmas is finding when god showed up on earth he did it perfectly. it didn't look like it at the time. it looked like a disaster. young unmarried teenage girl couldn't find a place to deliver her baby. ended up having to go to a barn. only place to lay the newbo
at the scene. >> mike not only volunteered for the fire department but also served as a full time police lieutenant and media spokesman in webster new york. tomas also died in the shooting and joseph and theodore will spend the recovery in the hospital with bullets lodged in their body. >> one was embedded in his spine and that will not be removed. >> other firefighters had to act in defiance, lmg the fire burn while an armored personnel carrier evacuated people. seven homes were completely consumed, others nearby damaged. >> shooter is deceased. he died of self-inflicted gun wounds. >> he targeted his victim today from a nearby berm close to the burning homes. outside the firehouse, this tight-knit community is in mourning. >> his mom passed away and he lived with his sister. they believe he lured firefighters into the ambush by setting fire to their home and his own car. >> dan: unbelievable. today's tragedy in new york has touched from a firefighters all over the nation. the bay area is no exception. coming up at 5:00, we'll talk to local firefighters about the dangers they face on th
tonight. and we have michael lynn on the to thank for that. mike sl co-chair politics aside 2012 just like 2010 and he of course is a ran strust tee so we're delighted to have him. he'll moderate tonight. and with him and i'll ask the panel to come forward. howard gor dan and michael sheen. >> figs of all, thank you for being here this evening and thank you for being here on a friday night. i don't do this for a live sog you're going to have to fill in in the middle. let's start off shes we all know the wonderful shows and movies you've been involved with, many of which have overlapped with politics from "homeland," "the queen", so the first thing i'd like to ask -- i'd like to talk about the shows "homeland" and "the queen." where did those come from in the first place? >> "24" came from a basic idea, two writers. joel said it was an in the shower idea. i'm thinking about television and in television there are 22 or 24 episodes in a season, thinking about the number 24 and said could you do an entire series of television over the course of one day. and i was an executive at fox at the tim
. [applause]>> we are having time for a q&a. the format is we have standing mike's at these two aisles. if you will line up at the mike's. -- mics. this gives us about 20 minutes. >> i appear to have answered every question. >> inc. you for coming. -- thank you for coming. one of the arguments for less government involvement is that, if people hold onto their money more, they will be in a position to take care of the poor and oppressed, etc.. can you imagine where else that might come from? do you think it is possible for those able to be taken care of outside of a religious context and political context? is there an >> i am not denying the role, which americans of all political persuasions agree on. the state has been supplying a social safety net. there are potential costs to this. i do not just mean financial cost. there is a cost of a crowding out of private initiatives. crowding out of charity. and offloading of these onto the state. it is indicative of something important that the charitable impulse of the united states is stronger than in europe. welfare states are stronger in europe th
recommend his web site. i think mike at "the daily beast" has written about this. i know a lot of people have raised a lot of issues about that. host: david from "the washington post" writes in his column this morning -- what do you think of the sentiment that he writes about? guest: let me say this for the record. i am a big fan of his and his novels. if you ever want to read a great spy novel, i recommend his first novel. he writes in the beginning that this is a work of fiction. but the reason he writes that is because it is well known among people like myself that even though it is a fictional book, it covers a lot of the same bases as the cia but the relationship in the 1970's when they were considered a terrorist organization. he has some of the best sources in the intelligence community in washington. i do not share his optimism about the taliban. at this point, it would be great if there could be an understanding as the united states left and what the taliban's role would be in this new government. that wille necessarily work out at this point. it is a difficult problem, i think,
't mike room for god for others, for children, for the poor or for the stranger. pope benedict calls for peace in the middle east and to violence to end the violence in syria. he has a point. look at this. this is me. this is how i walk around every single day. and -- >> he's right. >> you know? you got your head in all of your device and you don't look up and see who's around you or -- >> there's true. >> or interact with people the way he should. he has a good point. >> he does. particularly around the holidays we should be remembering what's important. hopefully, we are. >> absolutely. >>> ahead on "starting point" she has 65,000 christmas lights at her house. mooj living next door? her neighbors want them taken down. jan stewart refuses because she says she's done it to honor her late husband. we'll hear from her live from her very, very bright house. >>> and as we go to break, a look at christmas in flip-flops. just look at how they're spending the holiday. that's in australia. back after this. [ lisa ] my name's lisa, and chantix helped me quit. i honestly loved smoking, and i
of arkansas, mike huckabee. he joins us with a special christmas message. >> my guess you will be pretty busy, getting the right gift and making sure all the things on your christmas table are just exactly right. you will probably be frustrated because not everything will be perfect. never has been and it never will be. christmas is never about us being able to do something that is completely perfect. and if you let that spoil your christmas, if you let that diminish what this is all about, you may have missed the real meaning of christmas. because christmas is not so much about finding perfection in what we do, the real meaning of christmas is finding that when god showed up on earth, he did it perfectly. it didn't look like it at the time. it looked like a disaster. young unmarried teenage girl, couldn't find a place to deliver her baby. ended up having to go to a barn and the only place to lay the newborn was in the feeding trough intend for goats and animals. that wasn't a mistake. you see god wanted to show up in the most unlikely place because he wanted to remind us when we think he can
communicators" on c-span. >> according to author mike loughner, the party is over. how the republicans went crazy. democrats became useless in the middle class got shafted. mr. lofgren how did the republicans go crazy? >> while they got crazy when they became kind of an up apocalyptic whole that lives in its own bubble. i think we have seen that in the last election. they simply could not believe the public polls, what they were saying that obama was probably going to win and most democratic senate candidates were going to win. they were shellshocked in their own words. and if they could not accept empirical reality they are going to be in big trouble in the succeedinsucceedin g elections. see the democrats became useless? >> well they become useless and they have become kind of the party of me to but less in that after three successive losses in presidential elections in the 80's, they kind of retooled and became more corporate friendly. many people think, and i happen to be one of them, for all that obama has excoriated as the kind of canyon usurper who is a muslim and
were shot. >> fireman mike chiparini was a lieutenant with the western police department was deceased at the scene. >> reporter: 43-year-old chiparini was the firefighter of the year just two weeks ago. also slain, thomas tachuvka. the department calls him a tremendous young man. >> people go up in the middle of the night to put out fires and they don't expect to be shot and killed. >> reporter: the gunman has been identified as 62-year-old william spangler. whose home burned, he had a lengthy criminal history. he served 17 years for killing his grandmother with a hammer in 1980. no word of his motive. or where he got his guns. >> spangler was a convicted felon, he's not allowed to possess weapons. >> reporter: two firefighters are in stable condition in the hospital. 33 people were evacuated after the fire engulfed seven homes. >> it's a shock that something like this would happen. but for some reason violence is rearing its ugly head in this community and everywhere. >> reporter: paula faris, abc news, new york. >> and the police chief there said that he probably used several weapon
betweening them in. do you have any -- do you and mrs. santa have any kids? this comes from mike. >> yes, we do. we have three sons. >> rick: any more information about that? >> clayton: he doesn't want people bugging him. >> ainsley: do they help in the workshop? >> yes, they do. each has a special job to do because when i'm out visiting and seeing all the boys and girls, i had them back up at the north pole to make sure everything is running smoothly. >> ainsley: who do you love more, those kids or all the ones around the world, santa? >> i love everyone. >> ainsley: good answer. >> clayton: which of your three kids do you love the most? [ laughter ] >> rick: we got a tweet from lynn and she wants to know what, is your favorite gift to give? >> my favorite gift to give is i believe the ipads. anything that makes them happy when they're so good, i want to fulfill the list as much as i can. >> ainsley: this is a tweet from michelle. she says, santa, what do you and mrs. claus and the lady reindeers do while you're out delivering presents? >> well, mrs. claus is back there and making sure tha
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